THE DUCHESS OF SPIKE: The dull thud of countless jaws hitting the floor could be heard on Friday as new mothers everywhere took in the Duchess of Cambridge’s long limbs, bared flat stomach and glossy tresses as she participated in a volleyball game at London’s former Olympic Park in a pair of 5-inch Stuart Weitzman wedges.

There was no doubt that the duchess has sprung back into shape as the hem of her Ralph Lauren Breton top rode up from a pair of J Brand skinny jeans to expose her toned royal midriff — a smart riposte to those who had hinted that she’d been wearing Spanx as she left the hospital to take her son home just three months ago. Completing the outfit was a single-button Smythe blazer.

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This impromptu bout of activity came as she toured the Copper Box Arena to see how athletes are being helped by SportsAid, a charity for which she is patron.

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